Release Date: September 14, 2015
In Her Unexpected Detour by Kyra Jacobs, Kayla and Brent have both been unlucky in love and both have strong emotional walls up. When Kayla skids off the road in an ice storm in Mount Pleasant and Brent rescues her, they feel an instant attraction that they both know will not go anywhere … unless. Brent somehow winds up in Kayla’s bed but can they keep their guards up? Her Unexpected Detour is a book from the Checkerberry Inn series.
The author, Kyra Jacobs, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.
At the outset, Brent and Kayla are both incredibly attractive though somewhat awkward people with snap together parts. They were meant to be. Her Unexpected Detour is light, sweet, fast and fun. It’s a frothy confection that will leave the reader smiling after an afternoon reading on the beach.
Kayla is an emotional mess that has turned to work to avoid living. When she’s suspended from work as the result of a rather cruel prank played on her, Kayla decides to visit her brother. She meets her brother at a diner when she literally walks into Brent. When she goes off the road in an ice storm, Kayla leaves her car and starts walking. Brent finds Kayla and takes her to his grandmother’s B & B. Jacobs writes Kayla as a fairly average woman who sometimes needs saving but mostly is a woman who can do it for herself.
Brent is emotionally turned off and gruff. He’s suffered the sort of tragedy that destroys people after which his fiancé cheated on him. His dynamic with Kayla reminded me a bit of Danny Castellano from The Mindy Project (Hulu). Brent is over the top curt but self-aware in the way that he recognizes how potentially devastating Kayla could be to him. Both Kayla and Brent are people the reader wants to see happy. The benefit of emotional metamorphosis is that we see the depth of their pain. Her Unexpected Detour has the potential for overwrought angst, but Jacobs manages to keep a refreshing hope that lifts the spirit of the observer.
Both characters are hardworking and when Brent’s grandmother needs help, they’re more than willing to step up. For that reader looking for clean romances, Her Unexpected Detour is a good choice. While not an especially unique work of fiction, it’s smoothly written and well planned. At 206 pages, the story is a very quick read. The ending is a bit of a surprise and might bother some readers but it truly is in the spirit of the story.
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